“Stick Around Plaid”
Get crafty with this jack o’ lantern alternative, perfect for the kids because it’s knife free. Use Japanese washi tape on white and orange pumpkins to create an overlapping plaid pattern. Because you aren’t cutting them, the pumpkins stay fresh much longer — working as a centerpiece throughout the fall.
For a no-fuss fall centerpiece, heap bewitching, be-ribboned sugar pumpkins in a rustic bowl. To make: Attach double-stick tape to lengths of black, orange, and white patterned ribbon, then wrap around each squash.
These eerily familiar faces are dead ringers for carved countenances — but they’re ready in less than five minutes. All you need to do is freehand the features with washable markers (just wipe off and restart if you’re not satisfied with the design), then finalize the sketch with a black permanent marker. Wicked!
Instead of the usual haunts, try grouping pumpkins in a less-expected locale, like an unused fireplace. This to-die-for arrangement mixes plain and painted varieties for maximum eye appeal. For the graphic gourds, use painter’s tape and self-adhesive paper to mark off stripes and circles. Spray with glossy black and white paint, then casually heap in the hearth.
“Cut and Paste”
Paper leaves encircling a white pumpkin make a graphic statement. Trace lawn-gathered leaves onto orange, yellow, and dark red tissue paper; cut tracings out, and stick them to pumpkin using decoupage glue. With a flat-head bristle brush, push from leaves’ outer edges toward the centers to pucker paper slightly and create “veins”; let dry. Brush a thin layer of glue over pumpkin.
Trick out your jack-o’-lanterns in these bewitching handmade masks. To craft, print out one of our three mask designs, enlarge it to fit your pumpkin, and cut it out. Trace twice onto black felt. Cut out both felt masks and sew together with a basting stitch. Glue to a simple store-bought mask, and replace the elastic string with a black ribbon. Tie mask onto pumpkin.